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IOC Bans Russian Team From PyeongChang Over State-Run Doping Program

Published in SportsBusiness Daily Global on 12 / 06 / 17

The IOC banned the Russian Olympic team from the PyeongChang 2018 Games as punishment for its extensive state-run doping operation in Sochi, but individual athletes may be permitted to compete under a neutral Olympic flag if they are untouched by the scandal. Attention now turns to the highest level...

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CL Elimination Expected To Prove Costly

A "certain combination of results" was needed for Atlético Madrid to advance to the last 16 of the Champions League and, the "financial damage" from the club's elimination might rise" to €25M ($29.5M), according to MARCA. The club needed to beat Chelsea and hope that AS Roma lost to Qara ...

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Tour De France Signs Continental

Tire brand Continental will be an official partner of the Tour de France from the beginning of '18, according to BIKE EUROPE. For an initial five-year period, Continental will maintain visibility around the Tour de France. All official support vehicles, cars, vans and motorcycles at the Tour de ...

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Suspension Of U20 Chinese Football Team

The Chinese U20 football team on Nov. 24 "suspended its stint in a German regional league in the fallout of a row over Tibetan flags displayed by activists" a week earlier during a match with TSV Schott Mainz in the first of 16 planned friendly games, according to Jens Kastner of the SOUTH CHINA MOR ...

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Ecclestone Calls Backlash Inevitable

Former Formula 1 CEO Bernie Ecclestone said that "it is inevitable" that manufacturers have criticized the proposed '21 F1 engine regulations and the rules "should have been left untouched or changed much more radically," according to Adam Cooper of MOTORSPORT. Ecclestone "believes the changes ...

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Leaders: Rakuten Raises Profile With Barça Deal

LONDON -- Rakuten’s blockbuster shirt sponsorship deal with Barcelona is a concerted effort to build the name of the Japanese brand internationally, a top Rakuten exec said. Rakuten Exec Dir, Global Marketing & Branding Rahul Kadavako ...

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Ronaldo Performs New Move In FIFA 18

EA Sports and agency Adam & Eve/DDB "created a new skill move performed by Cristiano Ronaldo" to launch the new FIFA 18 game, according to Brittaney Kiefer of CAMPAIGN LIVE. The move is called "El Tornado" and involves a "seamless dragback, flick and spinning volley (resembling a tornado) t ...

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Italian Financier In Talks With Genoa

Italian financier Giulio Gallazzi "is seeking binding commitments from a series of hedge funds to finance a proposed takeover" of Italy’s oldest football club, Serie A side Genoa, sources said, according to Barbaglia & Canepa of REUTERS. If successful, the deal, which could be worth m ...

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Atlético To Inaugurate Wanda Metropolitano

After 50 years of calling the Estadio Vicente Calderón its home, Atlético Madrid is "set to inaugurate" its new stadium, the Wanda Metropolitano, when it hosts Málaga this weekend, according to Alberto R. Barbero of MARCA. Atlético started its La Liga campaign with t ...

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Ferrari Signs Long-Term Marlboro Deal

The Ferrari Formula 1 team will "remain with tobacco sponsor Philip Morris and its Marlboro brand for the near future," after announcing it renewed its long-term deal, according to Jonathan Noble of MOTORSPORT. Although no Marlboro logos have appeared on the car "since cigarette advertising was supp ...

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CFG's Purchase Of Girona Raises Questions

City Football Group, which owns Man City, last week  purchased La Liga side Girona , a move that "combined a billionaire's swagger with an uneasy impression of keeping business in the family," according to David Conn of the London GUARDIA ...

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